TV wildlife expert, Chris Packham, visited Camping in the Forest’s Roundhill campsite this week to crown the winner of their region-wide design competition to help support existing efforts in the area to protect the New Forest wildlife and land.
Lettie Cottrill, age 10, from Hyde C of E Primary School in the New Forest, was selected as the winner of Camping in the Forest’s STOP! competition, designed to help educate visitors on how to protect and conserve the New Forest.
All the children who entered had to create their own stop sign, highlighting one of the following important messages:
Explaining why Lettie was picked as winner, Chris Packham, TV presenter and wildlife expert, said: “It was really hard to choose a winner from all the great entries, but I liked the way Lettie portrayed all four of the important messages – slow down when driving, think about your actions, observe the animals but don’t disturb them and pick up any litter. Her drawings are brilliant, and I especially like her depiction of the New Forest ponies!
“The New Forest is one of my favourite places in the UK, with an abundance of wildlife and fascinating plants, so I was delighted to join forces with Camping in the Forest to ensure this area is treasured and respected.”
Chris hosted a series of fun and interactive wildlife activities for Lettie and her classmates including an interactive and educational wildlife trail through the forest, so the youngsters could learn about how we can protect the area. As part of the prize, Lettie also got the chance to star in an educational video alongside her classmates, which will be used to teach visitors how to conserve and look after the New Forest, as well as how to be a model camper.
Lettie said: “I was really excited when I was told that I had won the competition. Our school is in the New Forest, so we learn all about the animals and plants that live here and it’s important we look after them. I can’t wait to go camping with my family too!”
What’s more, the winning sign has been put around Camping in the Forest campsites across the New Forest, to help educate visitors on how to look after the surrounding areas. Lettie has also won a week’s family camping trip at a Camping in the Forest campsite of her choice.
Bob Hill, Sites Director at Camping in the Forest, said: “We created the STOP! competition to help support the ongoing preservation work in the region. We wanted to educate visitors to the New Forest about the animals and flora that call the forest home, whilst engaging with the local community. Lettie’s sign can be found across all ten of our campsites in the New Forest and we hope people enjoy spotting them.”
Camping in the Forest offers a collection of 15 beautiful caravan and camping sites set amongst the woodlands of the Forestry Commission, with ten campsites dotted around the picturesque New Forest. Sites can also be found in the Forest of Dean, Wiltshire and Scotland, offering guests unrivalled access to some of the UK’s most stunning forests.